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Giveaway Winners!

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Hey there everyone! I know I'm a little late posting the winners from the First Annual Western Roundup Giveaway Hop , but don't worry I haven't forgot you:) Before I announce the winners, I'd just like to thank everyone who stopped by and participated in the hop. And thank you to everyone who entered to win a FREE copy of my first novel, When the Heart Falls. We hope to see y'all next year for another round:) 



Winners: When the Heart Falls (Kindle Version) Teresa Thompson
When the Heart Falls (Nook Version) Sylvia Ney
Congratulations! Your prizes will be delivered sometime today:) Thanks again everyone! Looking forward to doing this again next year!

"Zane - The McKades of Texas" Excerpt #4

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Here it is folks, the last excerpt from "Zane". Next Tuesday is the release date, so if you'd like a FREE copy of this book make sure you see the Rafflecopter box below. Enjoy!

“Well, I think that’s the last of them. Why don’t we go ahead and start closing up,” Red suggested to Andi around quarter to two. “Sounds good to me. I’m beat for one night.” Andi walked over and locked the door, turning the neon open sign off in the process as well. She then walked around to each table and cleared off all of the bottles, glasses, and pitchers. Red took care of bagging up all of the trash and told Andi that he was going to run it out back to the dumpster and that he’d be back in a few. She walked behind the bar and stretched her arms over her head, letting out a huge sigh as she picked up the broom from the corner. Walking back out to the dance floor, she reached in her pocket and placed a quarter in the jukebox. “Cowboy Take Me Away” by the Dixie Chicks came through the speakers an…

Highlander Giveaway Hop

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We're celebrating Highlanders from the past, present, and future from September 21st-27th! Hosted by 
MK McClintock & Kimberly Lewis
Hop Rules You can feature any book with Highlanders. It can be paranormal, supernatural, historical, romantic, etc as long as it has a Highlander.You must offer a giveaway--reduced rate books or prizes for sale are not allowed.The book cannot be erotica or have inappropriate book covers (bare male chests are fine).Blogs must be 'family-friendly' (no 18+ over sites).It can be a printed copy or an ebook.You may feature just one book or multiple books that meet this criteria.  You may have just one winner or multiple winners.No gift cards, but eBooks-of-choice prizes are fine. If using Rafflecopter, there can only be 3 possible entries per person.  1 mandatory entry and up to 2 optional entries. The Hop Image and Linky must be part of your post.Your post must be live by 12:01 AM EST on Friday September 21st.  Plan to put your post up anytime …

My "Leaving Green Island" by Em Barrett Review

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The perfect summer beach read, Leaving Green Island is more than simply a modern love story. It is a poignant yet lighthearted tale of friendship, family and the search for a place to belong in the complex world of today's twenty-something women.

With a new job at a prestigious Chicago law firm and an engagement ring on her finger, everything seems to be falling into place for Brecken Pereira these days. However, all this perfection quickly unravels when Reed Whalen, Brecken’s first love, unexpectedly resurfaces. The complicated history of the enigmatic Reed unfolds as the two summers that Brecken spent as a teenager on posh, exclusive Green Island in northern Michigan are interspersed with her relatable and humorous modern day trials and tribulations.

After Reed's reappearance, Brecken is torn between her longing for the past and the life she has carefully built for herself since Reed vanished years before. Her true-to-life and complex relationships with her two best friends pr…

Let the countdown begin!

I'm working very hard this week on getting these final edits done for Zane and Andi's story. I've been working hard on this one for about a year now doing re-writes, re-arranging things, adding things, and it's finally coming down to the ending point. My editor has gone over the novel one last time and given me some minor things that need to be corrected and then I'm done:) It's sometimes hard to believe that I'm about to release my second novel, but I'm thrilled to be bringing you another story that I hope you all will enjoy. I'm truly please that you have been enjoying my little sneak peaks into Zane and Andi's story. Next week's will be the final excerpt before the book is released and I'm also working on making my first ever book trailer. Once I have that done I'll be sure to post it for your viewing pleasure:) Have a great day everyone! I'm off to get Zane and Andi's story finalized so it will be ready for it's Augus…

"Zane - The McKades of Texas" Excerpt #3

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Hello everyone! Here is the 3rd excerpt from "Zane". I hope y'all enjoy reading it:) 
“You want to dance?” he asked in an upbeat tone. He didn’t wait for her to answer. Instead he took her hand in his and quietly led them out to the grassy part of the yard that was marked off as a dance floor. They joined in with the other dancers and slowly swayed back and forth to the rhythm of the music. Andi leaned her head against his chest and listened to his heartbeat while they danced. It was more beautiful than any melody she had ever heard. The song came to an end and everyone clapped for the band. Ty took the stage and approached the microphone.
“Hey ya’ll, everyone having a good time?” he said into the microphone. His voiced boomed loudly through the speakers placed throughout the property and everyone clapped and cheered. “Good, good. Has anyone seen Zane McKade?” Ty asked looking out into the crowd.
A murmur swam through the crowd and a sea of heads began to turn in every dire…

Western Roundup Giveaway Hop

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First Annual Western Roundup Giveaway Hop Hosted by MK McClintock, Kimberly Lewis and Cait Lavender

July 20th - 26th Featuring books with cowboys!
(or mountain men, or the old west, or cowgirls, rancher wannabes, historical, contemporary, etc)
Cowboys are sexy and deserve a hop of their own. The western genre has exploded beyond old west and romance to include werewolves, wizards and other magical beings. Want to meet a charming cowboy or tough as nails cowgirl? Want to know what magic has to do with the old west? Want an old-fashioned historical western romance? We're here to give you a taste of something you shouldn't miss!


Hey y'all and welcome to my stop on the Western Roundup Giveaway Hop! Each blog on the hop will be giving away a different book, so make sure you visit each one and see what kind of cowboy goodness you can walk away with:) On my stop I am going to be giving away two copies of my very first contemporary western romance, When the Heart Falls. Two lucky wi…

My "On the Island" by Tracey Garvis-Graves Review

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Anna Emerson is a thirty-year-old English teacher desperately in need of adventure. Worn down by the cold Chicago winters and a relationship that’s going nowhere, she jumps at the chance to spend the summer on a tropical island tutoring sixteen-year-old T.J. T.J. Callahan has no desire to go anywhere. His cancer is in remission and he wants to get back to his normal life. But his parents are insisting he spend the summer in the Maldives catching up on all the school he missed last year. Anna and T.J. board a private plane headed to the Callahan’s summer home, and as they fly over the Maldives’ twelve hundred islands, the unthinkable happens. Their plane crashes in shark-infested waters. They make it to shore, but soon discover that they’re stranded on an uninhabited island. At first, their only thought is survival. But as the days turn to weeks, and then months, the castaways encounter plenty of other obstacles, including violent tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and …

Writing Quote of the Day

"What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up o the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much though."
-J.D. Salinger

"Zane - The McKades of Texas" Excerpt #2

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Okay folks. Here's the second excerpt from "Zane - The McKades of Texas". Hope you enjoy it! Happy reading!

Andi opened her eyes and stared at the ceiling for a long moment, taking in slow deep breaths. Feeling not the least bit tired now, she decided to venture out of her room in search of a glass of water. Attempting to be as quite as she possibly could, she slowly opened the door and headed down the hallway in what she hoped was the direction of the kitchen. Her hand slid lightly along the wall, using it as a guide in this dark unfamiliar house. She froze when her foot had stepped on a creaky board and waited to see if she had woken Norah. When no doors opened, she continued and soon came to an open room; what she assumed was the living area. The curtainless windows allowed enough light so Andi could easily make her way through the room without running into any furniture. From there she passed through a large dining area and finally into the kitchen. She made her way a…

Country Music Friday - "The One That Got Away" by Jake Owen

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Busy Bee:)

Today I'm working on doing the final edits my editor provided me with. Gotta get it done and sent back to her by this weekend for a final once over because August is approaching quick! So excited! Have a great day everyone! I'm gonna get to it now:)

Writing Quote of the Day

"Cram your head with characters and stories. Abuse your library privileges. Never stop looking at the world, and never stop reading to find out what sense other people have made of it. If people give you a hard time and tell you to get your nose out of a book, tell them you're working. Tell them it's research. Tell them to pipe down and leave you alone." - Jennifer Weiner

"Zane - The McKades of Texas" Excerpt #1

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My new contemporary western romance will be coming out the first week in August so I thought I'd give you all a sneak peak at what you can expect:) Each week, up until the release of the book, I'll post a new excerpt every Monday. So, here we go... Please enjoy this very first excerpt from "Zane - The McKades of Texas."


Kellan saw the man coming her way and a nervous feeling began to grow in the pit of her stomach. She hadn’t noticed it when he rode up, but he was incredibly good looking. The man had to be a least six two, with long muscular legs leading up to narrow hips that angled into a very masculine upper body. He looked like an athlete. He looked…solid. And although his pale blue shirt was soaked with sweat, it somehow added to his overall appeal. He stopped at her table and glared at her. Only then did she realize that this man was not coming over for friendly chit-chat and her mood shifted. “Is that your red sports car out there?” Zane asked, tilting his head …

Country Music Friday - "Amen" by Eden's Edge

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Happy Fourth of July!

Happy fourth of July everyone! I'm spending the day with my hubby, son and dog:) Lots of pool time, outdoor play and maybe even a BBQ. Have a safe and happy holiday!!!

Writing Quote of the Day

This seemed appropriate since I'm under the gun to get my new novel out:)
"I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by."
-Douglas Adams

When the Heart Falls for Nook!

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Okay Nook owners here it is! When the Heart Falls is now available through Barnes and Noble! Just click on the cover below and it will take you right to Barnes and Nobles website. Enjoy!